manual fire pump

manual fire pump

A pump supplying water to a sprinkler or standpipe system which is not activated automatically and must be started by hand.
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How many of us Brummies can recall that in 1970 a team of 12 firemen from the Birmingham Fire Brigade set a world handpumping record by continuously operating an old-style manual fire pump for a period of 245 hours - gaining entry into the Guiness Book of Records?
I tip my hat and say so long to the good old manual fire pump, we will not forget you.